A major insurance company recently released their annual evaluation of the most dangerous driving cities in America. This information does not come as a surprise to us as Florida personal injury attorneys, or to everyone who endures a daily commute along South Florida’s roadways in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood/Pembroke Pines. Our cities remain some of the most statistically dangerous in the likelihood of car accidents happening at a rate well above national averages.
In fact, Miami remains ranked at 187 nationally, with the likelihood that a driver will be involved in a car accident every 6.3 years. Miami’s car accident rate is 59.4% higher than the national average. Fort Lauderdale did not fare much better, ranking as the 148 safest driving city, with drivers expecting to be in a crash every 8 years, a rate which is 25.1% higher than the national average. Finally, the combined area of Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and Miramar comes in a 168th place, with a car accident rate of every 7.6 years, which is 31.8% higher than the national average.
We recommend our fellow Florida drivers follow some basic common sense rules to avoid being a car accident statistic. Some of these rules include giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination; listening to local radio reports of traffic problems; remaining alert, which means being ready to stop or slow down for pedestrians, buses and deliver trucks; take the time to get directions to where you’re going before you head out; and being mindful of changing speed limits, particularly in school zones.